Jermell Charlo has reacted to Oscar De La Hoya’s bold comeback talk by offering to give him a title shot at his WBC junior middleweight title. De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) said last Friday night on social media that he can do some “DAMAGE in the 154-pound weight class” when he comes out of retirement.
Charlo (33-1, 17 KOs) wasn’t going to let that comment by the 47-year-old De La Hoya slide without saying something about it. If De La Hoya wants to do “damage” at 154, as he says, then Jermell is willing to give him the opportunity.
The former six-division world champion De La Hoya hasn’t made it official yet that he’s coming out of retirement, but he seems to be serious. Three weeks ago, De La Hoya revealed in an interview with Ring TV that he’s going to be resuming his professional career, but he wanted to see how 54-year-old Mike Tyson looks first.
Tyson has gotten quiet about coming out of retirement, so it’ll be up to Oscar is he want to resume his career or stay retired like Iron Mike. De La Hoya would likely be badly overmatched against a good 154-pound fighter like Jermell Charlo, who is coming off of a 10th round stoppage win against Tony Harrison.
Jermell Doesn’t Want To Scare De La Hoya
It’s pretty unlikely that De La Hoya will agree to challenge Charlo, 30, for his WBC junior middleweight title, but you never know. In the interview with Ring TV, De La Hoya said he wants to fight a welterweight at 154. He wants the 147-pounder to move up to 154 for a big fight.
There are only a couple of welterweights in the division that De La Hoya can make a lot of money fighting, and that would be Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr. If Floyd Mayweather Jr wants to come out of retirement, he would be an option for Oscar as well. Mayweather seems to have soured on fighting real boxers, and he’s more interested in facing MMA guys in exhibition matches.